Do you know where Sibu is? I think most of the West Malaysian don’t know where is it. I study in UTAR locate in Petaling Jaya for almost three years. Most of my friends they don’t know where Sibu is or they never heard it before. I think there is a mindset in your heart that I come from Sibu. That’s right, you guessed it!
Before I get into my topic, let me tell you a funny conversation that I heard in a lift at XXX shopping mall. “Dear, I will go for business to Sibu next week,” said the husband to his wife. His wife was surprised and asked, “What? Sibu is “ulu” area. Why your company send you there?” Her reply reduced her husband to silence. I felt impulse clarify that Sibu is not “ulu” area. Ultimately, I didn’t do so. She is “ignorant”, and there is an end for the conversation.
|Night Scene of Sibu Town|
What a beautiful night scene of Sibu Town right? Sibu is a riverine town at the confluence of the nation’s longest river, the Rajang, in Sarawak. The population is mainly Chinese Foochow as well as indigenous Iban, Malay and Melanau. In Malaysia, Foochow people are referred as “Hockchiu”. There are a significant number of Foochow people mainly in Sibu, Sarawak; Sitiawan, Perak and Sri Jaya, Pahang. There is a saying that Sibu is “small Hock Chew province”, Sitiawan is “small Sibu” and Sri Jaya is “small Sitiawan”.
|Live in cave?|
As a citizen of East Malaysia, I’m here to clarify that we live in house same as you. We live in terrace house, bungalow and others.
|Mee Sua (Long Life Noodle)|
The Foochow culture fills with food tradition and symbolism. Mee Sua, another Foochow favourite, is a customary dish for the Foochow community especially during special occasion such as birthdays and Chinese New Year as the noodles signify longevity. It's also referred to as "Long Life Noodle". Foochow people also say for long life noodles, the longer and the better.
|Ding Bian Hu|
|Kompia is baked in a charcoal oven|